Bargeful of hope: Half of Molokai participates in Convoy of Hope’s ‘Day of Compassion’

| July 22, 2013 | 1 Comment

Participants in the Convoy of Hope event received food, services, prayer and encouragement.

Participants in the Convoy of Hope event received food, services, prayer and encouragement.


Almost half of Molokai’s estimated population of 7,200 people came out to Kaunakakai Ballfield Saturday evening to take part in Convoy of Hope Hawaii’s event.

Convoy of Hope Hawaii, a faith-based organization, called the event the “Day of Compassion.” Unlike anything that has come to Molokai before, this impressive organizational effort involved 563 volunteers, 12 churches (most of the churches on Molokai) and financial support from numerous individuals and companies.

As residents were funneled into the ballfield, volunteers handed out wristbands for specific services, tickets for groceries and information sheets. According to Convoy of Hope, this is what was distributed: 1,200 pairs of children’s shoes, 175 family portraits, 185 haircuts.

An estimated 2,546 guests came to receive free food and/or services. More than 5,000 bags of groceries were distributed. A total of 1,456 guests prayed and received encouragement. A free lunch of stew was also available. Guests also enjoyed musical entertainment, a “Kids Zone,” community services, health services and prayer.

For many families, the event itself was a prayer answered.

“Sometimes, God puts us in a place we just need to be,” wrote Nichol Helm Kahale, who attended the event with husband Mike and her four sons. “He gently guides us to this place — perhaps to give us hope in ourselves, hope in others and hope in humanity. And that’s what happened last night at the Convoy of Hope,” wrote Nichol.

“The Convoy of Hope was such a blessing,” wrote Molokai resident and teacher Mary Dudoit, clearly echoing the feelings of thousands of others on Molokai.

Platinum sponsors for Convoy of Hope were: Assemblies of God, First Assembly of God Red Hill, G4S Security, Matson, Paul Mitchell The School, Young Brothers. Gold level sponsors: Aqua Waikiki Wave & Aqua Hospitality, Hawaii Alzheimer’s Disease Center, Hawaiian Hope, Heart of Aloha Church, Molokai Baptist Church and Salem Media.

A crowd estimated to equal half of Molokai population came out to the Kaunakakai Ballpark on Saturday.

A crowd estimated to equal half of Molokai population came out to the Kaunakakai Ballpark on Saturday.


Various Christian-faith musical groups took the stage on Saturday.

Various Christian-faith musical groups took the stage on Saturday.


Organizers estimated that 2,546 guests were in attendance.

Organizers estimated that 2,546 guests were in attendance.


Guests were warmly greeted and handed informational materials as they entered.

Guests were warmly greeted and handed informational materials as they entered.


Stew being distributed for free to all guests.

Stew being distributed for free to all guests.


Aunty Sheila helps with the free grocery distribution. She was just one of 563 volunteers helping the Convoy of Hope.

Aunty Sheila helps with the free grocery distribution. She was just one of 563 volunteers helping the Convoy of Hope.


These boys will be ready for a new school year with a fresh new look, courtesy of Paul Mitchell,

These boys will be ready for a new school year with a fresh new look, courtesy of Paul Mitchell,


The "Kids Zone" offered a place for families to come with keiki to enjoy games, songs and entertainment.

The “Kids Zone” offered a place for families to come with keiki to enjoy games, songs and entertainment.

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  1. steve says:

    good time for all of themolokainews’ readers to check their aloha spirit dipstick-

    if you no cheekenskin after looking at those photos, you are likely running a quart low.

    (auntie shiela sporting infectious moloka’i smile got me all kine bumpy)

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